tone

Presence beyond the spoken or written word

June 15, 2011
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I always think that a poem “off the page” becomes an “act” of language rather than a poem, a thing made out of words.

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How to Ransack a Poem for Parts, Part II

October 19, 2010
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Voice cannot be ransacked because true voice, unlike tone, may be inconsistent within its range of indicators. The ability to play a modulating voice against a consistent tone is a deep mystery of poetics—especially of what we might call the conversational poem.

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